The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is a monumental church devoted to the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Construction began in 1882, based on plans drawn up by the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, and Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to continue the project in 1883. The Temple has always been an expiatory church, built only from donations. As Gaudi said: "The Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people." In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the site as a minor basilica.
No matter where you look there is always something else to see.
Restorations works are planned to finish in 2026.
This is the facade that I have always seen in photos
A representation of Gaudi's work desk.
Sagrada Familia means "Holy family" in Spanish, and is written Sagrada Família in Catalan.
The block of numbers, which ever way to read them, across, up or down, diagonal, they add up to 33, the age that Jesus died.
Looking towards the ceiling.
The colours coming through the stained glass was incredible.
It rained and then the sun came out and the colours got stronger.
These colours represents Nature and the Sea.
The main Altar.